Are You Secretly Obese?

Are you harboring a secretly obese person in a small frame? Dr. Glenn Gaesser, author of the book Big Fat Lies, has the warning signs you need to look for.

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Being slim doesn’t mean you’re healthy. Thin bodies can still carry plenty of visceral, or intra-abdominal, fat. This means you may have a low BMI, but a high percentage of body fat, leading to problems such as high blood pressure or high blood sugar. Be aware of the warning signs.

Warning Sign #1: A Family Member Died of Heart Disease

If you have an immediate family member who has died of heart disease, you are at an increased risk of carrying fatty deposits in your arteries – regardless of your weight. Heart illnesses can be concealed in skinny bodies.

Warning Sign #2: You Exercise Less Than 3 Times Per Week

You can still be skinny without working out, but lack of exercise has a huge impact on your health. If you don’t move your body at least three times a week, you’re raising your risk for cancer, heart attacks and many other conditions.

Warning Sign #3: You Eat Junk Food or Fast Food More Than Once a Week

Eating too much fast food deprives your body of important nutrients and vitamins. Are you addicted to junk food? Click here to take the quiz.

Article written by Dr. Glenn Gaesser
Author of "Bit Fat Lies"